Page 1772 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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campuses. As we all know, children are our most vulnerable road users. As education minister, it pleases me to see safety upgrades like those that have been made around school roads. It reminds me of comments I made in this place last week. Sadly, though, around our school areas, in term 1 of this year over 400—

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: On a point of order, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: I seek your guidance: I note the question is that the paper be noted. The paper is entitled “Investment in Majura Parkway and Gungahlin upgrade projects”. We are now on our third speaker. Ms Fitzharris mentioned Majura Parkway and/or Gungahlin, but the two other speakers have not even mentioned them. I seek your guidance as to the relevance of what they are saying.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Smyth. I was wondering as well. I was listening to Mr Gentleman’s speech concerning investment in Majura Parkway and Gungahlin upgrade projects. The ministerial statement itself is entitled “Investment in roads”, and begins:

An integrated transport system caters for all modes of travel. The road network … plays a key role in our city’s economy.

I was wondering whether, for instance, Dr Bourke, speaking about Belconnen roads, was directly relevant, but given the breadth of the ministerial statement I think it is within the standing orders. Minister Burch.

MS BURCH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I will take great pleasure in talking about the investment in roads in Tuggeranong, following on from Mr Gentleman and others speaking in this place before a point of order was taken. I am disappointed to see that a fellow member of the electorate of Brindabella had no interest in talking about the upgrades that have been provided to the community of Tuggeranong.

I repeat that 40-kilometre-per-hour speed zones have been installed in 18 group centres around the city, and six of these have been installed in Tuggeranong: Calwell, Chisholm, Conder, Erindale, Kambah and Wanniassa. The slowing down of the traffic in these centres will result in safer roads for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.

Resealing and resurfacing of the roads in Tuggeranong are also important in keeping road areas and road users safe. The ACT government program of resealing and resurfacing has, in recent times, seen improvements to major roads such as Sulwood Drive, Drakeford Drive, Kambah Pool Road, Knoke Avenue and Johnson Drive. Surface improvements have also been made in streets in Gordon, Isabella Plains, Monash, Oxley, Richardson, Theodore and Wanniassa.

The black spot program upgrades funded by the federal government have been implemented at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Noorooma Street as well as the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Barr Smith Avenue. Federal government investment is welcome in Canberra’s infrastructure, as always.

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